Chili-Cheese-Potato Tot Casserole

The chili starter contains beans, chili powder, cumin, garlic, onion, and oregano, packing lots of flavor and keeping the ingredients list short.


Makes 8 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes
Bake: 1 Hours


2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 (15 1/2-oz.) cans chili starter
1 (14 1/2-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (11-oz.) can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, rinsed and drained
1 (8-oz.) package reduced-fat shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
1 (32-oz.) package frozen potato tots
1/4 cup pickled sliced jalapeño peppers or 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, sliced


1. Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well, and return to skillet. Stir in chili starter, tomatoes, and corn.

2. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cheese; top evenly with tots.

3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until tots are golden. Top with jalapeño slices.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bush's Chili Magic Chili Starter Traditional Recipe and Ore-Ida Tater Tots. To kick up the flavor, substitute 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes with jalapeños for petite diced tomatoes.


Cynthia Givan, Fort Worth, Texas,

Southern Living

April 2006
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